South Carolina Teen Dies From Excessive Caffeine

Darin HammondMay 16, 2017

Davis Allen Cripe, a 16-year-old student at Spring Hill High School in Chapin, South Carolina, collapsed during one his classes on April 26.

The coroner went on to compare caffeine to other stimulants, saying: "We believe people need to pay attention to their caffeine intake and how they do it, just as they do with alcohol or cigarettes". Watts said the teen was healthy and had no family history of a medical problem the caffeine could have exacerbated.

He said the primary witness to what Cripe drank could not definitely say what brand of energy drink he had but said it was from a container the size of a large soft drink.

"On this particular day within the two hours prior to his death, we know had consumed a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonalds and also some type of energy drink", Watts said.

Watts says like many, Cripe was doing something he thought was totally harmless.

"The goal here today is not to slam Mountain Dew, not to slam cafe lattes, or energy drinks". "It wasn't a auto crash that took his life", an emotional Sean said.

Sean Cripe, the father of Davis, warned all parents to keep a close eye on what their children are consuming after they step outside of their homes.

"Parents, please talk to your kids about these energy drinks". Too much caffeine can cause mild symptoms such as shaky hands and an upset stomach. And teenagers and students- please stop buying them.

While caffeine does affect everyone differently, nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin told Harper's BAZAAR Australia, "New research shows that having up to 400 mg of caffeine is safe, but I don't believe that personally. And that's what happened in this case", Watts said in a news conference.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said, "What we want to do here today is to make people understand that these drinks - this amount of caffeine, how it's ingested - can have dire consequences". McDonald's does not report the amount of caffeine in its coffee.

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